The capital, Parikia, situated on a bay on the north-west side of the island, occupies the site of the ancient capital Paros. Parikia harbour is a major hub for Aegean islands ferries and catamarans, with several sailings each day for Piraeus, the port of Athens, Heraklion, the capital of Crete, and other islands such as Naxos, Ios, Santorini, and Mykonos.

In Parikia town, houses are built and decorated in the traditional Cycladic style, with flat roofs, whitewash walls and blue-painted doors and window frames and shutters. Shadowed by luxuriant vines, and surrounded by gardens of oranges and pomegranates, the houses give the town a picturesque aspect. On a rock beside the sea are the remains of a medieval castle, built almost entirely of the marble remains of an ancient temple.

Historically, Paros was known for its fine white marble, which gave rise to the term “Parian” to describe marble or china of similar qualities.Today, abandoned marble quarries and mines can be found on the island, but Paros is primarily known as a popular tourist spot.

Paros has recently become a popular tourist destination. This has been due to its relatively near distance and numerous ferry links with the mainland that help tourists arrive to the island mainly during the summer months.


Pantarei*** Traditional Hotel-Apartments is located in the oldest part of the traditional settlement of Parikia,the Kastro area.
From the port of Paros (Parikia) it’s really easy to reach us by foot:
when you get out from the ferry you will see the windmill in front of you, turn on the RIGHT and follow the street near the sea ( the sea is on your right) after 200 meters you will see  on your left hand  a stair, street Odyssea Elyti : we are up of these stairs.


Paros is blessed with many beaches offering golden sand and various settings that cover all the range of beach goers, from intimate coves to party beaches for the young and adventurous. Its crystal clear waters are etched in the memories of its visitors enriching their winters.


Windsurfing in Paros is one of the greatest attractions for its visitors. The northerly winds blowing in the summer months on the aegean sea, known as Meltemi, attract thousands of fans of the sport. There are several beaches where everything needed to practice the sport, whether a beginner or an expert, is offered. In the past, even the world cup
( PBA, PWA ) was held at new golden beach ( tserdakia ).


The relatively new sport of kitesurfing has been from its inception part of the island. As a result, the world cup is held here regularly while there are some world-renowned kitesurfing conditions and schools at Pounda beach, opposite of Antiparos island. Kitesurfers along with windsurfers put on a colorful show as they zoom from one side to the other of the channel that separates the two islands.


The food on the island provides many lasting memories and brings visitors back to the island year after year.